The Summer Drinking Showdown: Dacha vs. Brixton

Two of DC's most popular outdoor hangouts go head to head.
The Summer Drinking Showdown: Dacha vs. Brixton
The Brixton is one of the many bars that can serve alcohol until 4 am over inauguration weekend. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Welcome back to the Summer Drinking Showdown! Yesterday U Street wine bar Vinoteca went up against Roofers Union, and while the bocce bar put up a good fight, Roofers hammered it out of the competition.

Today’s matchup is between two heavy hitters in the outdoor drinking scene. On the one side we have the British pub-like Brixton, whose roomy roof deck draws around-the-clock crowds for pints of Boddingtons and summery Pimms cups. Going up against the U Street fixture is Dacha. The Bavarian beer garden lives up to the hype with hefty boots of beer, plenty of greenery, an expansive menu of schnitzels and brats, and a dog-friendly approach that makes it one of the cuter places to sip in town on busy weekends.

Dacha is one of the best places to sip a stein with your four-legged friends. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

So which bar is the better place to bask in the sun with a cold one? Vote until 5 to decide.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.